10 December 2019

New NGS Course: Understanding and Using DNA Test Results




NGS Introduces Its Newest Online Course: 
Understanding and Using DNA Test Results

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) unveiled the newest course in its Continuing Genealogical Studies series, Understanding and Using DNA Test Results. The course is designed to help the millions of individuals, who have taken a DNA test to learn more about their family tree, get the most out of their test results. Students learn at their own pace, in their own home, on any tablet or computer.


“Taking a DNA test is easy,” noted NGS Education Director, Angela McGhie, CG. “Understanding the results and knowing how to use the data to identify your ancestors is more challenging. We are pleased to be able to offer a new course that will teach family historians about patterns of genetic inheritance and how their DNA matches can lead to building a broader family tree. 

In a step-by-step format, expert genetic genealogist, Angie Bush, MS, teaches the basic types of DNA tests and the value and limitations of their results. The course also explains how to read and interpret DNA charts and cousin match pages; how to apply test results to traditional genealogical research; and much more. To learn more about Understanding and Using DNA Test Results, visit the NGS website.


02 December 2019

Registration Now Open for NGS 2020 Family History Conference


Registration Now Open for 
NGS 2020 Family History Conference

Registration is now open—2 December, 11:00 a.m. ET—for the forty-second NGS Family History Conference, Echoes of Our Ancestors, which will be held 20–23 May 2020 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. To register, visit the NGS conference website and complete the online registration form.

Pre-conference workshops and tours, the conference’s banquet, its many luncheons, and special events sell out quickly so be sure to register as soon as possible.

This year’s four-day conference will feature more than 175 lectures on DNA, heritage, immigration and migration, records, religion, resources and research techniques, and women. Attendees will discover lectures that focus on tracing ancestors of African American, Asian, European, Hispanic, Native American, and Polynesian decent. Conference participants also may enroll in workshops on specialized collections at the world’s largest genealogical library. Learn about the full NGS program of extraordinary lectures by reviewing the conference brochure.

In addition to the perennial pre-conference favorites—including the Board for
Certification of Genealogists® workshop and Librarians’ Day—local area tours include
visits to Utah State Archives and Records Service, BYU Family History Library and
Special Collections, Utah’s Natural History Museum, and Red Butte Garden. Guest
speakers at sponsored luncheons will discuss a broad range of topics such as exploring
archives around the world, DNA success stories, tactics for adapting your business to
the 2020 client, and more. The Exhibit Hall and Family History Expo will feature more
than seventy exhibitors.

The conference brochure in PDF format features both an overview of the sessions and information about tours, pre-conference events, workshops, registration times, and rates as well as general conference and hotel details. The online searchable program allows you to search by speaker, topic, or date of the sessions.

Take advantage of the discounted Early Bird registration fee and reserve your tickets for luncheons, conference meals and the conference banquet before they fill up. Be sure to register today or as soon as possible.

Don’t forget to sign up for the conference blog, which will feature tips on local and regional research facilities, things to do in and around Utah, and updated information on hotel availability and local restaurants.

We hope to see you in Salt Lake City!